Opening of Degree College in Ukhral
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: High Court J&K on Wednesday directed the government to file the compliance report with regard to the opening of Degree College in Ukhral Tehsil of District Ramban in pursuance of Govt order issued in July 2014, with further directions to respondent state to file the action taken report before the Court on August 27, 2018.
The directions were passed by Justice Janak Raj Kotwal in a writ petition filed by Sewa Singh General Secretary Panthers Trade Union through Advocates Harsh Dev Singh and Vilakshan Singh Advocate.
Seeking the implementation of the Govt order No. 386-Hr Edu of 2014 dated July 24, 2014, Harsh submitted before the Court that the operationalistion of the said order had been denied by the Govt for political reasons. He pointed out that the order for establishment of Degree College for Ukhral having been sanctioned in 2014, the succeeding Govt declined its implementation on extraneous political considerations. And whereas several new Degree Colleges had been ordered by the BJP-PDP Govt during the last three years and made functional the opening of Ukhral Degree College, despite its sanction, was refused forcing the petitioner to knock the doors of the Court for justice.
Harsh Dev averred before the Court that the refusal to open the college was motivated as new colleges had been opened but previously sanctioned colleges had been disregarded.
Alleging colourable exercise of power by the respondents, Singh said that denial of institute of higher learning in a far flung and remote Tehsil like Ukhral had adversely affected the academic pursuits of the students living in bad pocket areas majority of whom had to abandon studies after passing 10+2.
The girl students, argued Singh, were most prejudicially affected by the arbitrary denial of the authorities concerned to open the college despite lapse of four years with hundreds of aspiring female students clandestinely deprived of the opportunity of higher education.
Harsh Dev further produced before the Court the order of the Govt dated July 31, 2014 directing Deputy Commissioner Ramban to identify 60 Kanals of land for establishment of the college which too had been disregarded with its implementation declined by the succeeding dispensation.
Praying that education could not be allowed to get entangled in any kind of political contestation and further impressing upon the Court the acute urgency of a Degree College in Ukhral to help aspiring students meet the challenges of contemporary world, Harsh sought directions for immediate operationalisation of the said Degree College in Ukhral.
Justice Janak Raj Kotwal after hearing the counsel for petitioner Harsh Dev directed Com/Sec Hr Edu, Director Colleges and DC Ramban to implement the Govt order No. 386-Hr Edu of 2014 dated July 24, 2014 regarding establishment of Degree College Ukhral and submit the compliance report before 27th August, 2018.
Advocate Harsh Dev was accompanied and assisted by Advocate Vilakshan Singh during the proceeding of the court.
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